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Post by GME 4/5/2022, 12:05 am

I've been thinking about getting the Pardini conversion kit in .32 ACP, but I don't have any experience with the caliber.  There are a few bullet weights to choose from.  Hornady has 85 and 100 grain XTPs (JHP).  There are also a few cast lead in round nose, flat nose and wadcutter.  I'm guessing that a wadcutter wouldn't feed in a Pardini, but I don't know.  Then, there is the question of the best powders and weights.

Has anyone worked up a good combination for Bullseye and are willing to share?

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Post by RoyDean 4/5/2022, 10:26 am

Gary, there are many, many threads on this subject - please do a search. IMHO the absolute top expert on this subject is a man very local to you and regularly attends nearby Bullseye events - Mr. Dave Wilson aka fc60.

DO NOT use XTP100's

XTP85 over 1.6 of N310 is the most popular recipe.

I prefer XTP60, but they are very difficult to find right now.

Travis (T&B Bullets) in nearby Oregon makes very nice 64 grain LSWC bullets that are a cheaper and popular alternative, but you should talk to Dave about those and any other lead bullet options. There are many recipes, but I found that 1.4 N310 worked OK for the short line.

Dies and PTU's are critical - talk to Dave.

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Post by GME 4/5/2022, 10:20 pm

Thank you, Roy.  I'm interested in the 64 grain SWCs.  If they shoot well on both the short and long lines, they are far more cost effective than the XTPs.  Even it they only work on the short line, I can still use the XTPs on the long line.

Yes, Dave is not too far away from me.  About 35 miles and 50 minutes.  

Coincidentally, On March 5, Dave & I both shot at an 1800 match at the Paul Bunion gun club in Puyallup, WA.  It was a full line.  I've never met Dave, and didn't recognize him in the crowd.  The are more opportunities coming up.  Hopefully, he and I can find the time to chat.

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